Someone Special Volunteers: United Way nominates Sarah Hokuf and Paul Schuster
The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way are recognizing “Someone Special Volunteers” who have made significant contributions to the community.
The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way are recognizing “Someone Special Volunteers” who have made significant contributions to the community. Today's volunteers are Sarah Hokuf and Paul Schuster.
Sarah Hokuf, a founding partner of Evolve Creative, has served on the United Way of Bemidji Area's board of directors for five years and her marketing expertise has been a game-changer for United Way, a release said.
Hokuf has guided United Way staff and the board with all things marketing, from strategy sessions to annual brochure advice, all of which helps United Way showcase the impact they have on the community. During COVID, she assisted with the ever-changing logistics that were necessary due to the pandemic, including communication strategies and Live United Day.
On top of her marketing knowledge, Hokuf is always encouraging to the United Way staff and she is only a phone call away whenever any help or advice is needed, the release said.
Paul Schuster, service manager at Dondelinger GM, has been an essential volunteer with United Way’s Wheels to Work program, the release said.
United Way staff had an idea and funding for a transportation program that would help the community with vehicle repairs, but it was Schuster who took that idea and created the pilot of the Wheels to Work program.
He went above and beyond to make the first Car Care Clinic a great experience for all involved and even ended the event flipping burgers for Dondelinger staff and volunteers. His service means that 39 families have safer vehicles to drive in Bemidji, the release said.